Hamilton College’s special collections has recently acquired this remarkable letter from American journalist Arthur Brown Ruhl (1876-1935) to his mother Nellie Brown Ruhl (1856-1932). The letter is densely written across eight pages and describes a heretofore unknown group of Americans living in an intentional community in the newly formed Soviet Union. Ruhl (1876-1935) was born in Rockford, Illinois, and graduated from Harvard University in 1899. He served as an inspector for the American Relief Administration (ARA) in Russia from 1921 to 1923. On April 29, 1923, the New York Times Magazine published Ruhl’s “Back to Old Russia as Pioneers: The Return of the Native, Who Has Been Made Over in America” about an “American” colony north of Odessa.
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